Grand finale: Greg Pursley caps career with 2nd NASCAR K&N West title

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What a way to go for Greg Pursley.

The 46-year-old Californian finished ninth in Thursday’s Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway to win his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title – and then announced afterwards that he was hanging up his helmet.

“As of right now, I guess I’m retired,” Pursley said. “I’m very happy to go out as the champion on top.”

Pursley ended up winning the series title by 17 points over NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton. Beyond race winner Nick Drake, the rest of the Top 5 on Thursday night are part of the Next project – runner-up Gray Gaulding, third-place Cole Custer, fourth-place Jesse Little, and fifth-place Lupton.

With such talented prospects in the pipeline, Pursley indicated that he’s at peace with bowing out.

“It’s been a lot of fun racing these kids,” he said. “The more seat time they get, the better they get. I’ve tried my best to help them out. I’ve gave them advice. And I’m gonna miss all of them, too.

“To be able to race these kids and race them side-by-side, especially for the championship, that’s pretty cool deal to have…There’s a lot of young talent that’s coming up that you’re gonna see a lot of great racing from in the future.”

Pursley’s final season of competition ends with a solid stat line: Two wins at Kern County (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Iowa, 12 Top-5s, and 13 Top-10s in 14 races.

On his way out, he gives car owner Gene Price his third K&N West title; in addition to Pursley’s two titles, Price got a title from current Nationwide Series driver Dylan Kwasniewski in 2012.

Adding even more of a bittersweet aspect to Thursday’s triumph, Price himself is following Pursley through the exit door as well.

Noted short track site Speed51.com reports that Price will end his tenure as a car owner and focus on raising horses with his wife at their ranch near Flagstaff, Arizona. However, the site also says that an attempt is being made by crew chief Jerry Pitts and Jeff Jefferson, a three-time champion in the now-defunct NASCAR Northwest Tour, to purchase the team’s assets.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”